Xorg X11 Server Crashing After Update

24. September, 2012


After installing a new version of xorg-x11-server, it started crashing every time I started chromium. The effect was consistent: Every time I started the browser, the screen would go black and I’d be back in the login screen.

Looking into /var/log/kdm.log, I saw these lines:

0: /usr/bin/Xorg (xorg_backtrace+0x36) [0x564616]
1: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x168349) [0x568349]
2: /lib64/libpthread.so.0 (0x7f1d1618b000+0xf140) [0x7f1d1619a140]Segmentation fault at address (nil)

The reason for the error was that the xorg-x11-server contains the file /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so which is needed for the NVIDIA driver but the NVIDIA driver has its own, special version.

The fix for the error was to reinstall the NVIDIA driver again.

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Tools To Analyze Java hs_err Files

28. July, 2011

Java crash dumps contain lots of valuable information but one thing is missing: The versions of the libraries installed.

I’ve started a new project on github to gather this info from a hs_err_pid file: Java-hs_err_pid-List-Library-Versions

Currently, only Debian is supported.